Off Leash Dog Training
Does the idea of having your dog “off leash” scare you a little bit?
Maybe you’re thinking, “I could never trust precious Fido off his leash!”
You may change your mind!
Learning the right tricks, tips, and techniques can make the off leash experience a rewarding one for your dog and for you, too!
Why go Off Leash?
Off Leash Dog Training Techniques
So, how do you train your dog to follow your commands and behave when he’s off his leash?
Let’s look at some specific tactics:
- Toss the leash. Okay, don’t actually TOSS it, but for your dog to learn off leash behavior, he has to be off the leash!
- Start off small. Begin in a safe place, like your living room. Once you feel that he is ready, move to a bigger area, like a fenced in backyard. Then, progress to a park with a fence.
- Make off leash dog training a part of the daily play routine. Give rewards for good behavior when you and your dog are going through your normal routines.
- Know your dog’s limitations. Some dogs have certain things they are afraid of that will make them not be reliable in an off leash situation. For example, if you know your pooch is afraid of thunder, don’t plan an off leash activity when storms are in the forecast.
- Think ahead and try to anticipate where your dog may have an issue sticking with his learned behavior. Now that we have some parameters, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of the actual training!
Now that we have some parameters, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of the actual training!
The How-To’s of Off Leash Dog Training
A Few Things to Consider about Off Leash Training
Keep in mind that your precious pooch is never 100% safe when he is off leash.
You can’t predict things that might cause him to abandon his training, like a car backfiring or a pack of squirrels!
Safety is the #1 priority.
If you know your dog has an inclination to get spooked by loud noises, chase cars, or displays any other unpredictable behaviors, off leash training may not be a wise idea for him.
Give off leash dog training a try! You may be pleasantly surprised by what you can train your four-legged friend to do when you use the right techniques!